Pride has always been a controversial word. Often given a negative connotation, pride is closely linked to the idea of cockiness. Just like nearly everything else in life, pride is good in moderation. Having too much pride will turn you off to the general public; no one likes a person who is too full of themselves. However, some pride is still necessary to a solid lifestyle. Looking at the word ‘pride’ in a thesaurus will give the following synonyms: dignity, honor, and self-respect (among others.) To live a life without dignity and honor would be unfulfilling and weak. Having honor is a well respected trait, both desired by many and praised by many. On the other side of the spectrum, bordering more personal matters, having self-respect is essential.

Show class, have pride, and display character. If you do, winning takes care of itself.
— Paul Bryant

The drive and desire for success, in any way imaginable, is fueled by this self-respect. Confidence in one’s self is mandatory to achieve any goals you make, because without confidence their is no positive energy to charge yourself with. It’s okay to be proud of yourself at times. Overcoming adversity and bypassing obstacles is always something that we as humans should be proud of. Be prideful in a way that you know you were better than you were yesterday, but don’t let this self-esteem allow yourself to place yourself over anyone but yourself. Learn with every step, and be proud of it, but keep this pride internal and constantly build off of it, viewing your past achievements as nothing but motivation to improve even more.


Be proud.

Don't be conceited.

Have self-respect.

Be happy.


- Jonah


“It’s okay to mess up, it’s okay to make mistakes.” - A phrase that I often need to repeat to myself. 

Having strong conviction usually makes me fall victim to a negative mindset. Of course I try to avoid mistakes, along with about 7 billion people on this earth. Mistakes mean failure. And failure means a lack of progress. Despite this truth, our mess ups are responsible for how we develop as a person. Our greatest revelations don’t come sitting in an uncomfortable desk with our mouth shout and our ears open. Our greatest revelations come from personal action. 

Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep.
— Scott Adams

Some people strive to live a mistake free life. Holding yourself to high standards is, of course, a good way to live. However, it is not possible, and never will be possible, to live a mistake free life. Rather than irrationally aiming for perfection, live stoically. Learn from the hardships that you may put yourself through. Analyze each decision you make, right or wrong, and thrive from it. If you’ve made a colossal mistake, don’t tread over guilt. Promise yourself you’ll never do it again, and use your previous mistake as an incentive. Evolve yourself by any means necessary, and use your mess ups and mistakes as fuel for your personal development.  

Keep striving.

Learn always.

Be happy.

- Jonah